Non-Credit Options

Online Continuing Education in Food Safety

The MSU Online MS in Food Safety Program is pleased to announce an expansion into continuing education by launching the new Online Continuing Education in Food Safety (OCEFS) program.  The OCEFS will provide non-credit professional short courses for anyone interested in learning about a new topic or in need of a refresher. Our first offering is the Preventive Controls in Human Foods course, for more details see below.    

 Preventive Controls for Human Food  - AVAILABLE AUGUST 1, 2017

This course, developed by FSPCA, is the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual."

Cost for this course is $850 (includes the certificate fee)

PCQI Certificate Sample


  • Online, asynchronous self-paced units using the FSPCA standardized curriculum 
  • Written exercises based on a FSPCA developed model food plan case-study
  • Online exam - our delivery will require passing an exam in addition to the FSPCA course completion requirements
  • Live discussion session with the Lead Instructor conducted via a web-based video conference (several live discussion times will be available each month) 
  • Discussion forums - students will discuss course material, assignments and application of the model food plan exercises
  • ZERO requirement to travel!

Course Information:

  • Hosted on MSU’s online learning platform D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Taught by Lead Instructor Melanie Neumann-Cherney, JD, MS
  • Completion time recommended is 5 weeks (up to 12 weeks if needed)
  • 30 - 35 hours of study time suggested for successful completion

Register Here!

What to expect AFTER you register:

  • Expect an email within 1-2 business days with instructions on how to create and activate a MSU Community ID
  • Once you activate your MSU Community ID, you will be enrolled in the course within 1-2 business days
  • After you finish the course, your PCQI certificate will be emailed to you within 7-10 business days

More Courses To Be Announced

Additional online, self-paced continuing education courses will become available through the fall and winter.  Topics will include Food Allergens, Produce Safety, Meat Safety, Dairy Safety, Ingredient Safety, Food Waste Recovery, Foodborne Parasites, Pet Food Safety and more.  Once enrolled, students will have 12 weeks to complete each course.  Participants should expect to spend between 30-40 hours on each course. Enrollment will be continuous and the courses are self-paced and include five quizzes.  Learners who complete the course will earn a Certificate of Participation and those who complete the course with a score of 85% or higher will earn a Certificate of Mastery.  These courses will be taught at the graduate level with material provided by our excellent instructors. No application or prerequisite degree will be required.  These courses are for learners outside of the Online MS in Food Safety Program and these short courses cannot be applied toward the MSFS degree requirements.  

Watch this page for more details as additional courses become available.  For more information on non-credit courses email Megan Patrick at